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First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

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RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE(31 August 2018)Nancy Werking Poling of Black Mountain is the winner of the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition for "Leander’s Lies." Poling will receive $1000 from the North Carolina Literary Review, thanks to a generous NCLR reader’s donation that allowed this year’s honorarium to increase (from the previous award of $250). Her winning essay will be published in the North…See More
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Written by Rob Neufeld, February 2007, Revised Sept. 2007
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Reading audience key: [E] Young children [C] all children [W] children with adult help [M] middle-school students [H] high school students [G] general readers [S] scholars

Local history

• Western North Carolina:; A History (from 1730 to 1913) by John Preston Arthur (1914). Out of print.
• The United States of Appalachia by Jeff Biggers (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006) [M.H,G]
• Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880 by Ora Blackmun (Appalachian Consortium Press, 1977). [G,S]
• The Prince of War: Billy Graham’s Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire by Cecil Bothwell (Brave Ulysses Books trade paperback, 2007. [G] Not a true portrait, but a pointed social study.
• Pure Bunkum: The Life and Crimes of Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Lee Medford by Cecil Bothwell (Brave Ulysses Books trade paperback, 2008). [G] Bold investigative journalism; contemporary, controversial topic.
• May We All Remember Well, Vols. 1 & 2 edited by Robert Brunk [H,G,S] Scholarly, popular articles on a wide range of subjects, deemed in danger of going undocumented.
• Asheville: A History by Nan K. Chase (McFarland trade paperback, Sept. 2007). [H,G,S] A survey of city history with compelling prose and some special passionate focuses.
• The People of the New River: Oral Histories from the Ashe, Allegeny and Watauga Counties of North Carolina by Leland R. Cooper and Mary Lee Cooper (McFarland & Co., 2001) [H,G,S] A model of local, oral history-based writing, part of an important series, “Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies.”
• Cataloochee Valley: Vanished Settlements of the Great Smoky Mountains by Hattie Caldwell Davis (WorldComm, 1997) [G]. One of a few books that Davis, a Cataloochee descendent, has written about the community displaced by the park.
• Asheville: A History by Nan K. Chase (McFarland & Company trade paperback, 2007).
• Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family edited by Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell (Reminiscing Books, May 2008). [G,S]
• The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community, 1818-1937 by Durwood Dunn (U. of Tenn. Press, 1988) [G,S]
• Battle of Kings Mountain 1780, With Fire and Sword by Wilma Dykeman (National Park Service, 1991) [M,H,G]
• The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman (Wakestone Books) [M,H,G] The inaugural, 2002 TWR book; the place to start in understanding the region.
• Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle (Anchor, 1988) [H,G,S]
• Miners, Millhands, and Mountaineers: Industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1880-1930 by Ronald D. Eller. (U. of Tenn. Press, 1982) [S] A revision of past faulty histories.
• Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945 by Ronald D. Eller (U. Press of Kentucky, 2008). [G,S]
• The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier edited by Mati-Lynn Evans et al. (Random House, 2004) [M,H,G,S] Book companion to PBS series, incorporating writings by people-in-the-know.
• The Family Store Book by Sharon Fahrer and Jan Schochet (City Seeds, 2006). The book that represents the exhibit of landmark sites associated with Asheville’s Jewish merchants.
• Leo Finkelstein’s Asheville and the poor Man’s Bank by Leo Finkelstein (Center for Appalachian Studies, Boone, 1998), [G,S]
• From the Banks of the Oklawaha: Facts and Legends of the North Carolina Mountains by Frank L. FitzSimons. Out of print.
• Asheville: Mountain Majesty by Lou Harshaw (Bright Mountain, 2007). Illustrated history, 368 pages. [G]
• Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers, ninth edition, ed. by Michael Hill (N.C. Div. of Archives and History, 2001) [W,M,H]
• Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America by Elliot Jaspin (Basic Books, 2007). Account of Spruce Pine expulsion of African-Americans. [G,S]
• That Magnificent Army of Youth and Peace: The Civilian Conservation Corps in North Carolina, 1933-1942 by Harley Jolley (North Carolina Office of Archives and History, 2007). [G,S]
• The Marion Massacre by Mike Lawing (Wasteland Press, 2004). [G,S] Account of notorious mill strike.
• Zeb Vance: North Carolina’s Civil War Governor and Gilded Age Political Leader by Gordon B. McKinney (UNC Press, 2004). [G,S]
• Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan (Algonquin hardcover, 2007).
•  Asheville's River Arts District (Images of America) by Rob and Henry Neufeld (Arcadia trade paperback, July 2008). The illustrated survey of the resurgent district includes now-and-then photos,
documented history, and stories. [H,G.S]
• A Popular History of Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld (History Press, 2007) [M,H,G,S]
• The German Invasion of Western North Carolina by Jacqueline Burgin Painter (Biltmore Press, 1992). [G,S] German WWI prisoners were housed in Madison County.
• The Stackhouses of Appalachia: Even to Our Own Times by Jacqueline Burgin Painter (Grateful Steps, 2006). [S] Thorough, well-researched account of Amos Stackhouse and Madison County community.
• Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds by Julian M. Pleasants (UNC Press, 2000). [G,S]
• Cradle of Forestry in America: The Biltmore school Forest School, 1898-1913 by Carl Alwin Schenck (Forest History Society, 1998). [G,S] By the founder of the first forestry school.
• Heart of the Blue Ridge, Highlands, North Carolina by Randolph P. Shaffner (Faraway, 2004). [G,S] A massive work.
•  Highlands (Images of America) by Dr. Randolph Preston Shaffner (Arcadia trade paper, July 2008). Eminent historian of the region presents history in photo book format.  [H,G,S]
• Jane Hicks Gentry: A Singer among Singer by Betty N. Smith (U. of Kentucky Press, 1998). [H,G,S] Smith, Bluff Mountain ballad singer and playwright, writes about legendary Madison County ballad singer.
• A History of Buncombe County, North Carolina by F.A. Sondley (two volumes in one, Reprint Co., 1977). The standard work.
• The Legend of Nance Dude by Maurice Stanley. (1991; Bright Mountain, 2004). Surprisingly even-handed—and therefore mysterious—tale of woman who buried her granddaughter alive. [H,G]
• Creating the Land of the Sky: Tourism and Society in Western North Carolina by Richard Starnes (U. of Alabama Press, 2005). [G,S]
•  Cabins & Castles: The History of Architecture of Buncombe County, NC by Douglas Swaim and others (Historical Resources Commission, 1981; facsimile edition, Historical Images, 2008).
Thousands of homes and buildings of historic note are documented. [G,S]
• Grandpa’s Town by Bob Terrell (1978). Tales of Asheville in its first two decades. [M,H,G]
• Zeb Vance: Champion of Personal Freedom by Glenn Tucker (Bobbs-Merrill, 1965). [H,G] Out of print.
• The Kingdom of Madison: A Southern Mountain Fastness and Its People by Manly Wade Wellman (1973; WorldComm, 1996). [G]
• Appalachia: A History by John Alexander Williams (UNC Press, 2002) [G,S]
• The New River Controversy: A New Edition by Thomas J. Schoenbaum, with an epilogue by R. Seth Woodard (McFarland & Co., 2007). [G,S]
• A Game Called Salisbury: The Spinning of a Southern Tragedy and the Myths of race” by Susan Barringer Wells (Infinity Publishing trade paperback, 2007. [G]
• Red Hill: The Untold Story of the Whitson Brothers and the Murder of Kit Byrd” by K.B. and S.R. Whitson. (865-457-0328). [G, S] Descendents well-researched account of a murder in the Red Hill community in Mitchell County.

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I would add Nan Chase's superb:
Asheville: A History (Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies) by Nan K. Chase (McFarland & Co., 2007) [G]


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